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Ex-mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in corruption case

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New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin testifies on Capitol Hill on September 23, 2008 in Washington, DC. Mayor Nagin spoke about his city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina as well as its recent experience with hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Officials from the Gulf area were on Capitol Hill requesting lawmakers for federal funding to aid in recovery efforts for over $14 billion worth of damage after the two recent hurricanes devastated the region. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prosecutors pressed for a stiff sentence for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin — and they were successful. Nagin will serve 10 years in prison on charges of bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

Nagin’s sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan took place Wednesday morning.

Nagin was convicted on Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin support for projects — both before and after Hurricane Katrina. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacation trips and truckloads of free granite for the mayor’s family business.

Some of these charges carried possible 20-year sentences.

The 58-year-old Democrat defiantly denied any wrongdoing at his trial.